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Steve Whyno covers the Washington Capitals for The Washington Times.

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Updated: Caps clinch Southeast Division by beating Jets

In taking care of business against the second-place Jets, the Caps locked up the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference and dealt a severe blow to Winnipeg's playoff hopes. It's Washington's sixth straight trip to the playoffs and fifth Southeast title in that time.

Tom Poti is Capitals' Masterton Trophy nominee

Defenseman chosen by Washington chapter of PHWA as player 'who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey.' The 35-year-old returned to the NHL in January after two years away because of groin injuries and a fractured pelvis.